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Neuroreductionism about sex and love

Abstract:
"Neuroreductionism" is the tendency to reduce complex mental phenomena to brain states, confusing correlation for physical causation. In this paper, we illustrate the dangers of this popular neuro-fallacy, by looking at an example drawn from the media: a story about "hypoactive sexual desire disorder" in women. We discuss the role of folk dualism in perpetuating such a confusion, and draw some conclusions about the role of "brain scans" in our understanding of romantic love.
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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S1477175614000128

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University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Brian D. Earp
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Julian Savulescu
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Think Journal website
Volume:
13
Issue:
38
Pages:
7-12
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EISSN:
1755-1196
ISSN:
1477-1756
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uuid:ae0eb59f-cce1-4087-a9a7-abf0142f736f
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ora:9791

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